RAK Half Marathon 2016

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Average Rating: 8.7
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9.3
I would take part again
9.8 Thank you · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“ I did this race to challenge myself I am not the fittest person but I wanted to prove I could do it. Also as I will be leaving the UAE soon I thought it would be a great idea to close this chapter of my life with something big. It was hard but I met great people along the race and so many people cheered me up including police staff, kids, I never felt alone. Thanks very much for your people at water station amazing people.”

9.5 The best road race in the UAE Amit Aggarwal · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Just a brilliant half marathon. The only small improvement to the excellent organisation, will be better tagging of the event photos against each runner. That minor point aside, it is brilliant. Looking forward to improving on my PB there in 2017!”

9.8 Great race Quintin Du Toit · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“One of my favorite races”

8.6 Fantastic and enjoyable · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Awesome event! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Loved participating in this race..looking forward to the next edition already.”

8.2 Great execution of a running event! John Hallenbeck · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Everything was top notch for this event from the registration to medals. ”

9.1 Well worth the long trip from Norway! · Participation 1 time I would take part again No
Edited on 19.02.2016

“Big 10 was great fun, but the prizes could have been drawn in advance. Few people stayed until the event anyway - many did not understand what this was about - could have been better promoted in advance. With such a big representation of overseas runners, the generous non-cash prizes could be more relevant for them. Main impression a fantastic race with helpful and serviceminded people. I speak from experience after running in 38 different countries and more than 200 half marathons!”

9.8 Thank u very much for making my experience perfect Ashraf Mudawi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.4 Excellent event to participate Murtaza Hatim · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Everything about the event is good except for the parking space, 2 years back parking close to the race village was free, this year it was converted to VIP parking and charged, that was a disappointment.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 23.02.2016
“Thanks for your comments which we appreciate. We are however confused about your mention of paid parking as we did not (and would not dream of having) any paid parking. Our 'VIP Parking' was on the other side of the road behind the VIP stage and access granted only with special passes/controlled by the police, that also was free. Please do send us a message on our Facebook page or email to registration at rakmarathon.org with more details as we would very much like to investigate this allegation. Be assured we will never charge to park at the event and if anyone was attempting to do so it was illegitimately so. We look forward to hearing from you. ”

9.8 Its was a very great event. Carmelo Sy · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 A wonderfully organised season finisher Chandrasekar Venkatesan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 17.02.2016

“Can increase the runner numbers, so that there could be a great crowd - with the demand RAK HM pulls, the numbers can be 5,000. However, organisers could seek feedback to probe such a high 'DNS', when so many do not get to register. Could allow transfer of registration also. Great event, everybody loves this race, better than any of the top rated events (do not want to mention names). I would always have time for this.”

10.0 Very well organized event! Niklas Skjoldborg · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Only bad thing is that, photos from finishing line could be better, maybe multiple cameras hanging ”

8.9 Fairly well organized Koshy Mathew · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“The zig-zag ways could have been avoided. The Big Ten Prize Draw was not well organized, e.g. I got an Executive Health Check Up in RAK, which is definitely not worth AED 10000, and I live in Dubai. Going to RAK is a burden for me. So, it is of no use to me. All raffle draw winners should be given cash prize, the prizes from sponsors are not useful to the winners.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 18.02.2016
“We the organizers feel your comment displays a profound level of ingratitude. Please send an email to registration at rakmarathon.org to officially relinquish your claim on this prize and if agreeable with the event partner, it will be re-raffled to someone who does not find their health to be such a burden. ”

8.4 Excellant Event Abdulaziz Sarhan · Participation 3 times I would take part again Maybe

“The event was excellant and changing the rout little bit was much better as we run less in the industrial area with labour standing on the side of the roads and it give us more time to run on the corniche. the giveaways were good but they were handed without a bag, so we suffered carrying everything in our hands at the finish line.”

8.9 Great fun event, see you next year Trevor Robinson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Choose your hotel carefully as the road closures down town can frustrate you a little. ”

10.0 Amazing organizing...world class!!! Andras Zekany · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 17.02.2016

“The RAK Half Marathon is the best organized event I've ever entered. The pre-race communication is amazing, the build-up, the event, the race...all absolutely epic. Other than the bus service (can we pls get there by 6am and can we pls not have to queue 10+ minutes with the cars) everything was absolutely perfect! I will be back every year and it is the highlight of my race calendar. The whole family comes and we spend a 3-day long weekend in RAK and we had a great time again. Thank you RAK Half”

10.0 Very Satisfied Rowell Paner · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was very HAPPY and SATISFIED for the event, It was my first time and I wasn't expecting how Organize the event is, I will definitetely recommend it to my friends. Thanks to the People behind the event , more power to you all and more RUNS in the future and hopefully I will be a lucky winner for the draws next time ( just kidding )”

8.0 Good ! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 The event was well organized · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Great Anas Vali Patel · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“After frankfurt marathon one of the best event i have participeted wishing very best of luck organizers for more great event next year”

10.0 It is a great event and thanks to orgnizers · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“There is no care about the winners' categories. Many winners left the event because nobody told they won”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 17.02.2016
“Those who placed on the podium were being collected immediately after the finish line; for the vast majority this worked well and awards were presented on the day; if you were inadvertently missed then we apologise and will insure you award reaches you if you do not already have it.”

6.6 Just OK (compared to other UAE events) · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“Expected more for a 10th anniversary. Ironman & Challenge (Triathlons) must spoil me because they have a far better race experience.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 17.02.2016
“We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations. To continue the comparison however the event is 1/7th of the entry fee of Ironman & Challenge events (and no specialist equipment is required) as the desire is to be as inclusive as possible. ”

7.7 Great race, fun day, awesome prizes Annemie Du Plessis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Greatly organized event! Was great day, well marked route, good support. Only thing I'll add, is the timing flag-carriers, if you want to run a certain time they act as pacemakers.”

10.0 Another excellent RAK HM Mark Wallace · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“No complaints at all. Excellent event”

8.9 Beautifull event, Safe, well organized.. Slobodan Mladenovic · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A Fantastic event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastic Maureen Clugston · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“RAK really turned it on for this event. Fabulous event, fabulous city! ”

9.3 Event is good · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.1 Beautiful event · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
7.7 Good event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“No individual photo for all finishers and less photos during the race. Mostly for top finishers and awarding only.”

Comment from Premier Online - 16.02.2016
“The 7 (seven!) photos of you can be found here: https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-2705-197b46 If you wish you still have time to edit your review score; should you feel it appropriate :)”

8.9 Simply the Best Race in UAE · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I'd say this is the best race I've experienced here in UAE. This was my 3rd year in a row and it gets better and better every year. Every second is exciting from start to finish! Big thanks to all the volunteers in the water stations and to support crew along the way. ”

9.5 The event that has unique memories..... · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 Another successful year Meenakshi Thathu · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organised. was wondering why the course cant be moved to the area along side the beach ”

Comment from Premier Online - 16.02.2016
“You may be pleasantly surprised if you register for the 2017 race! ;)”

8.4 An event I will attend again. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I would suggest better medal, photo service, and giveaways.”

10.0 Amazing as usual!! Mauricio Madruga · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Requested a day off on the date just to be part of it...and will do the same next year....for sure!!! :) The organization of the event is one of a kind!! Everything works properly...not even one shortfall!! ”

7.7 Fun! Wiebke Sjuts · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Where can the event photos be found?”

Comment from Premier Online - 16.02.2016
“Your personal link is in the email sent to you on race day: https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-1694-44f089”

8.2 It keeps improving every year! Satyanarayan Sundaram · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Well thought and organised race. Bringing back more and more runners every year! I have been running from the inagural one, with only some injuries stopping me form participating in between. The RAK Half M is unique in its own!!”

9.8 Excellent event! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 16.02.2016

“Well organised friendly atmosphere, helpful staff, marshals and crew. Thank you for your time & effort, & all the behind the scenes hours & planning that went into making this a great race event. I look forward to running it again next year! My low scoring on the event photo service was because there are either no photo's of myself or my team members, or I have not yet received a notification that photographs are available. It does however not detract from my impression of this great morning!”

9.3 Great event! Well organised! Barry Clarkson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.1 I completed it in 1 hour 50 minutes annd 46 second · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was fun and I am happy to part of it again”

10.0 RAK is my Signature event,want to do 25 times · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“RAK is an event , i would like to keep to my heart.i did my first long run in 2012 with a time of 2hr 43min with lots of walking and some running.....in 2016, i did a 1:45:31...a great achievement for me; i love RAK run; course, people, arrangements and everything....i want to have 25 RAK HM medals in my stand...Insha Allah ”

9.3 Great event, well organised. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Superb organisation and course · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A slight disappointment was on the punctuality and service of the event bus between hotel and race venue. The bus did not turn up at RAK Hotel as per the schedule at 5:40am instead it came at 6:15am. The bus driver set a limit of min 30 passengers for transport back to hotel after the end of event at around 12pm.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.02.2016
“We had numerous reports of issues with the transport company, we are investigating all of them and will address our findings with the contracted company; it is not acceptable and we apologise for the inconvenience caused. We aim to provide a better service than this and will insure it does not happen again. We're delighted you made it (just!) and glad you enjoyed the event once arrived.”

9.8 Good race and enjoyed it for a first timer ! Giusepina Grandcourt · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Should give final time on net not gross .. As it took me almost 3mins to get to the start line since it was a super busy race ..,. But overall I really enjoyed it for a first timer .. Thank you for such opportunity ..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.02.2016
“Int'l road races always rank results on gross (gun) time. Net time is for personal use only. To know more about the difference please see this link: http://www.premiertiming.com/res/grossnet.php We're glad you enjoyed your first time at the RAK Half Marathon!”

10.0 Another outstanding RAK Half Kathryn Holden · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for an exceptionally well managed and co-ordinated event. This race gets better and better. Marvellous experience, can't wait to come back next year. Thank you to all the teams and individuals involved in making this a great morning.”

9.1 Overall · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall I enjoyed the event. Only in the photos. I was only able to download one piece of photo of mine in the race.”

9.8 Great Race Elisha Mack · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great communication and answered all questions that I had”

9.3 Want to do this again Raffy Vicencio · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Another well planned event Jason Unger · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“I participated in the RAK half four times and am already planning for 2017.”

9.5 Well organized event Salman Turaikhem · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Please include prizes for GCC runners. This year no energy drink on the water station!!!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.02.2016
“Energy drink (Gatorade) was available at 5, 10, 15K water stations (in cups at the last two tables as advertised) and also at the finish line (in bottles). Sorry you missed it, glad you enjoyed overall!”

9.8 Well organized event Andrew Batty · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great first experience! Will definitely be back! William Treweek · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Excellent half marathon John Coleman · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed it. Good pre race communications. Signs to running village were poor. Start was not well organized. No groupings, so very slow runners/walkers were in front of you when you started running. ”

10.0 Great course · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 My favorite run! Diana Madrid-Vidaurri · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Fabulous run and location, great communication leading up to the run and throughout the race.”

9.3 Pleasant, Green, Fabulous Anand Venkatasamy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Still not got my photos, after 3 days.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 16.02.2016
“Your race photos link was sent on race day, please check your email address / junk folder perhaps. Here's the link again: https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-1850-6dccf5 ”

10.0 A great event, superbly organized and lots of fun Terry Prosser · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Well organised anand executed. · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Toilet facilities very good. Good atmosphere and give aways this year were great. ”

9.5 AWESOME EVENT AND RUNNERS Nabiha Yousuf · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I had a wonderful time experiencing my first even half marathon. It was a great achievement and accomplishment. The course was beautiful . I loved the fact that every corner there were police around ... they were cheering for us and supported us a lot ! So Salute to them ... :) I wish the medal was more in bronze or gold plated . Even though the design was awesome . Also , the shirt's logo RAK Half Marathon was big at the back just like race back pack had. Overall it was awesome!!”

10.0 Keeps getting better! Clinton Seager · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“This is a highlight on the UAE running calendar and a must do race, the organization puts a few others to shame and the vibe at the finish is great! ”

9.1 A good enjoyable run Savio Martins · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“A good event have a shade for the stands ”

8.2 Great event. Cheap pre race give away Tariq Al Debsi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
Edited on 15.02.2016

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“Hmm... a Saucony running shirt, high quality printed race program, vouchers, gift, souvenir bag all couriered to your house/office for free. Sorry you thought it was cheap. Along with your medal, finisher's towel, magnet etc we thought it was all a pretty good deal for the entry fee paid. Perhaps you could use our social media channels to tell suggest how we can improve our pre-race giveaways? Thanks!”

8.9 Its just the best! Jeriel Hipe · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Should improve post race refreshment.”

7.0 Pre /Post event were mismanaged / miscommunicated · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“- I had paid for package to be mailed and it failed to do so. I received an apology email. - The chip couldnt be rented on the day & I receive an apology email about it, got worried cos i had paid for the chip & wasn't understanding, so didn't know what to do, then I find the chip in my pack. - the photos sent after event were not me. Only 2 of the same photo were me. Can't find more. - the race itself was excellently organized & managed. Great job for that. -Bus not well organized ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“Yes, there were 3 int'l packs that went un-couriered; we recognized this in time; informed you, returned the fee paid in full and your pack was available at the Race Village. You had purchased a chip with your registration so the email for chip rentals was not applicable to you. Sorry you only received 2 photos; we'll improve upon that next time. Bus issues being addressed with Hertz; clearly there was an issue there and we apologize for that. It appears you were the unlucky one with compound issues. Please let us know if you plan on coming back; we'd like to extend a complimentary entry to make up for your less than perfect experience this time around.”

9.5 One of the Best Half Marathon Anand Babu · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
7.5 There wasn't much atmosphere around the course Julie Reynolds · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
10.0 WELL ORGANIZED · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.0 W Sandra Mallin · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 A well organised good day out Robert Bennett · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Overall I thought it was an excellent event and enjoyed the race very much. The only down sides were insignificant on the grand scale. 1, a glitch with the text message timings, 2, some method needed to encourage runners to throw their water bottle aside rather than on the road for the runners behind to weave and dodge, 3, Costa coffee in the athletes village did not honour their own costa voucher. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“The Costa Voucher (and some of our pre-race communications) did mention that the voucher could not be used on the day; apologies if that point wasn't clear enough. Despite perhaps the lack of caffeine we're delighted your enjoyed the race!”

9.3 AWESOME Race, my very first time, But not my last Dennis Sampson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I completely enjoyed participating in this race. The RAK 10th Anniversary Half Marathon was my very first distance race. I have done several 5K races but never felt I could actually complete a Half Marathon. Now I’m looking forward to training for my next Half Marathon and hopefully one day a FULL Marathon (26.2). YEAH!!!”

8.9 Best half marathon in GCC · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Amazing!!! Edwin Alarcon · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Good job premier. Keep it up! ”

10.0 Excellent course I got a PB · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Love this years medal, being able to put the stickers onto it with your race time is a really good idea. ”

5.7 Average Molly Mathew · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“I live in US and participated in several half marathons. Wanted to experience a good run. Unfortunately, RAK started too late(typically marathons/half marathons start early in USA so that it can be finished before it is too hot). It got too hot around 8.45 and unbearably hot. Wish it started early( at least by 6.15 am ) Almost fainted since it was too hot.”

10.0 Excellen! Charles Sultan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic event!”

9.3 Nice event Pekka Kangas · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“RAK Half is a must running evening in UAE. Great route, great environment and atmosphere. ”

8.0 Enjoyable with some areas to improve Novel Tjahyadi · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Overall, quite well organized. Only a few notes to make. 1) The q for bag drop-off (due to security check) and cert collections were way too long. 2) Energy drinks can be added at support stations. 3) Rank based on NET time please, instead of Gross. 4) the GPS on both my mobile app and watch showed around 200m longer at the finish line. 5) Received digital photos on the same day, but none of them belongs to me.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“We did urge everyone in pre-race communications to arrive early for bag drop due to security checks; we'll look at making this easier next time as with cert counter where we'll be increasing the number of stations available. Energy drinks were at 5K, 10K, 15K and Finish, more than adequate for a half marathon, rank will always be on gross time as per int'l standards, your mobile app is inaccurate, what can we do? :) Sorry there were no photos of you; we'll try and get them for next race! Thanks for taking part!”

10.0 It just keeps getting better!!!! Daniel Smith · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“A BIG THANK YOU to all the event organizers and especially the volunteers. Every year, there is improvement and its so well organised. From Pre to Post race the information keeps flowing and keeping you informed. Great event, love everything about it. Well done again. ”

8.4 Value for money and a very well organized event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Fantastic event, always worth to go! Stefan Saenger · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic event, but I would prefer the pasta party taking place in the tent at the start area again...”

10.0 A memory to treasure Martin Blackley · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 A very well organised event Divesh Israni · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The event exceeded my expectations. This was the first time I was running 21k and the services provided was outstanding. Hats off!”

10.0 World Class Tom Hewitt · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Faultless job. When are you going to be asked to organize Dubai marathon?”

9.8 It was fablous event we enjoyed a lot!!! Humayun Aslam · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Very good organized and lot of new stuff they brought in this year specially BIG TEN surprises were great. RAK Half Marathon#The Best#Great Leadership #Premier Management#As they knows the way#Goes the way#Shows the way!!!”

9.8 Great experience Amin Maalouf · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great experience Well organized Nice Giveaways and surprising Need more photos (only got one)”

8.4 I had a great experience,looking forward next year Annabelle Forbes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“There should be roving medics during the event to check if the runners are good.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“There are medical stations at 5, 10 and 15K points plus start and finish and 2 roving ambulances as well as marshals every 500m (with radios), race course managements team at 5 locations, timing officials at 5 locations and a race control center all connected with communications. That's a pretty comprehensive coverage to look after the runners :) We're glad you enjoyed the experience.”

9.1 Once again a great Run worth the efforts to drive · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Will look forward to the event again. Good weather all the way to finish. The small change in the route was an excellent idea, most run was in the shade. The start was little bit confusing didn't realize the Run had started. No stage was seen by the Start-End for the dignitaries and the HH that adds to the excitement with the National Band performing. Thank you for the Team that worked hard for this successive Run. Looking forward to the Run again.”

9.5 Best and most professionally organized event · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Once again, a very professionally planned event. well organized and very please overall. Only gripe i have is with an event administrator at the official desk in the foyer of the Hilton Double tree Hotel. She needs lessons in courtesy and patience in dealing with runners enquiries. I would have scored the 'pre-event comm's' as excellent if it wasn't for this impolite administrator. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“We're sorry you had this experience and will discuss the matter to prevent future repeats. As a note of information the 'Welcome Desk' in the hotel to which you refer is for elite (invited) athletes and race crew, not general runners as they are not equipped with the information you may have required. We will be sure to re-brand the desk accordingly for next year as we note it's recent branding may have been confusing for other runners. Glad you enjoyed the event!”

8.4 Thanks Mohamed Hassan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Please make the ranking based on the net time not the gross time”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“All international and serious distance road races are ranked on gross time; it is a standard and not really open to interpretation for such an event. Thanks for taking the time to give feedback.”

10.0 Great even, really enjoyed it Hussam Atab · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I suggest an energy drink station at 18K mark, and a vendor that sells Gu on the day.”

9.3 Great event! Dong Li · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Very well organised Kimberly Douglas · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised, professionally run event. Results were almost instant, and my net time was correct but some of my splits were very wrong so I don't know what happened there. My friend was emailed photos of herself within an hour of finishing, which is amazing, but I still haven't received any 3 days later so that's disappointing. The daily emails in the run up to the event were a bit annoying. And not one of them had a reminder of the start time - we thought it was 7:30 and missed it.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“You received a 2nd SMS on the day correcting the glitch which sent your 7K time as your 10K time; apologies for that. Your photos were emailed and have been re-sent to you from the online Help Center just now. Sorry you found the pre-race comms annoying when so many others expressed their praise of these. We will be sure to reinforce the start time in future communications. Glad you made it in time!”

9.3 Memorable Experience!! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It's Official I am now a Half Marathon Finisher!!! Thanks to the organizers... it was perfect except for the missing bar of Snickers that I have been wanting to get at the finished line :-)”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“We're sorry you missed your snickers, especially as we had a few boxes left over! We've sent you one today by courier to make up for it! :)”

9.5 A Great Run · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Excellent job, great team work from the organisers · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Looking forward to yet another one.....keep running.”

9.5 Great time Jeffery McIntosh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.2 Well organised Sachin Gehani · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Was a bit disappointed in the end not to receive the Magnet, because apparently, they had run out. I put up these magnets very proudly as I have since last year. Would be better if you sent them with the pre race packs. Otherwise, very well done event.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“Sorry you missed out on these - there were enough for every runner; perhaps some people liked them too much :S Please remember though that your medal is also a magnet and can be customized with your finish time.”

8.9 Great Job! Muhammad Najeeb Khan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Medal design could have been better.”

10.0 Awesome event. Will do again! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was a lot of fun, well organised and great giveaways. ”

8.6 The best half marathon · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The best Half marathon ”

9.5 It was an absolutely great event! Anna Sikhidi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Awesome and enjoyable Russell Van Niekerk · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A highlight of the year and so well organized-congratulations to the organizers and all those involved in making this event possible. ”

9.8 Well organised event, great set up at the start Peter Duffield · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 A good half marathon, great organisation. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
9.8 Fantastic race Ryan Barrack · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“This race has everything from pre-race to post race. Its always been a good race but each year they seem to find ways to make it better. I especially loved the medal this year with the ability to put your final time on and use it as a fridge magnet. I hope the other races follow your lead. Social media presence and other communication channels are outstanding. The actual race is very good and was especially special for me as I smashed my PB. ”

10.0 Was the best Andrew Tesselaar · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Extremely well organized - great value for money, give-aways, route, people, crowd, marshaling, police and emergency services, start and finish easily accessible, plenty parking.”

9.5 Love it! Just get the photo service to be better. Bruna Aguiar · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Good start to half marathon Poornima Chandrasekar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
9.1 Great stuff, guys! Manuja Sharma · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Kudos to the organizers, keep it up Ajit John · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great experience wonderfully organized Alberto Borghesi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The event is really well organized, from the signal boards and indication of where to park, the race organization, the RAK police was extremely supportive and helpful, the course was really nice and the marshals very effective. I extremely appreciate the photo service, actually I think is one of the best pics of myself! Thanks RAK Half Marathon organizers you did an amazing work!”

9.5 Amazing race! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“ - Super organized race - Package sent by courier, no trouble of getting it ourselves - bags scanned at security - easy to drop off and pick up bag - easy to receive medal & certificate - clear signage Overall it was an amazing experience... so organized and fun! ”

8.6 Enjoyable race, well organised Nicholas Hamer · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“A lot of effort went into preparing for this race, it was well run and the marshaling and water stations were well provided for. Good job!”

8.4 Well organized event! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.4 Very good race Pieter Hendriks · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Love this race the only thing I would change is pre event communication. Way too many emails and texts. and will be back. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“Sorry you found the info to much; many shared how great they thought it was; it'll always be a fine line... From an organizer's point of view it'll always be better to give too much than too little though :) We're pleased you enjoyed the race!”

9.3 Awesome Hendrik Atsma · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event. Big thank you to the organizers and the volunteers. I'm looking forward to next year already !!!!”

10.0 RAK half Monica Parrillo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very nice day out”

9.5 Excellent again thank you! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Great race, loved it, would participate again. Diane Corbett · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Very well organised, top security, efficient Deborah Thompson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first RAK half marathon and I would definitely participate again. I liked the clear 1 km stations. I noted that the security measures were also very high, great job well done”

9.5 Overall Superb event · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Possibly too much communication by e-mail”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“Sorry if you found the emails too numerous; many shared how great they thought general communications were; it'll always be a fine line... From an organizer's point of view it'll always be better to give too much than too little though :) We're pleased you enjoyed the race though!””

8.4 Good Event - More Wayfinding Needed · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall this was a really enjoyable event. The only thing I would say is that the event needed WAY more wayfinders/volunteers to direct people arriving at the race and again at the end of the race as this was pretty poor.”

9.5 An event from Runners for Runners! Peter Stueck · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“A really outstanding event with everything runners require. Superbly organized , they really go the extra mile with customizable medals, snacks, great photos for free and even the T-shirt is actually good for running!”

9.3 Well organized event, great experience Gayane Ghazaryan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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9.1 I enjoy every race I run · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Was good organized , hope to get integrity · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Hope to hold ceremonies till after cut out time to be in present of all runners , the rout to where you celebrate (big ten) for the runners was a bit difficult not clear , there was no sign to guide us there from back side ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 15.02.2016
“There were actually 5 large 2m high x 1m wide colored signs from the finish chute and village to the BIG TEN area; sorry you missed these but will certainly note your feedback and look at increasing the number of these in future editions. Thanks for your feedback!”

10.0 Fantastic · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Excellent organisation, great communications and a great atmosphere. By far the best half marathon I have participated in. After my previous half marathon I was all but ready to quit running altogether but RAK reignited my passion for running and I have a lot to thank them for :-)”

9.1 The event is more than the run... Alice Pargiter · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The run was great and organisers did a great job however the finish line was a little disorganised so many runners didnt get all their free / necessary items (like electrolyte drinks) at the finish before being ushered out to the race village - myself included. The big ten after was as much fun as the race but I was bordering on heat stroke from the lack of shade. it made recovery after the race a lot more difficult. ”

9.1 Excellent event. Well organised & good service. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“I am extremely satisfied with the event. I am very happy with the support from staff. I was feeling dizziness after the event near raffle draw. I was immediately assisted by medical team which helped to recover me immediately. Team were very cooperative.”

9.5 A fun introduction to the world of marathons Sarah Adadi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first half marathon and it has definitely made an impression. Not only will I participate again next year, but I am now looking at other similar events. Extremely well organised and accessible for the novice runner. I would definitely recommend this to people wanting to more their running ambitions on. ”

9.3 One of the best events of the year · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.4 Well organised, great fun Jon Barber · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this run. Pre-event communications is second to none and on-site is good too. The route is not as 'beautiful' as I was anticipating and there are many Km's with no supporters or marshals, but overall its a great day out.”

10.0 A HM not to be missed! World Class Organization! Joseph Khater · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Keep outperforming yourself every year! Simply put, hands down best organization down to every single detail in all UAE races. Just to name a few: free photo service, amazing unique medal, nice flat course, shower facilities, lots of parking in mall, numerous support stations, volunteers wearing hygienic gloves, UPS race pack delivery, SMS timing notification, certificate printing center, online video streaming, email communications.. A+ in all the above. Keep up the good job! See you in 2017!”

9.3 It was a good race Kamil Rogalinski · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“One thing to note at the water station please do not remove caps from bottles :) some people would love to keep it a bit longer. Other thing is reporting gross time. Since no one is rushing to the start line to make start pleasant why do you report gross time as more imoportant than net ?”

10.0 Well organised, great half marathon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Great event overall! Casey Whitlatch Carter · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I had so much fun! The event is very professional and well-organized. The only thing that disappointed me was the bus transportation from Dubai to RAK. We got in about 25-30 minutes later than the packet said we would. So, that caused a bit of a rush. But I still highly recommend this run! :D”

9.8 Very well organized · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“One of my favorites”

6.8 Better aid stations, giveaways and medals · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 I will do again Redentor Santias · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Maybe a nice medal design. but still good ”

8.0 I thought it was a well organised enjoyable race. Nora Hickman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastic experience! Sarah Hopkyns · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Successful event! Thank you! Ryan Joel Escoto · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It will be more fun for the runners and for the family and friends watching to have bleachers in both side of finish line area.”

8.9 I have fun running the RAK half marathon · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I have fun running the RAK half marathon il definitely do it again next year ”

7.5 RAK Marathon rating Andrea Rodriquez · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
9.5 Great Race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“What an enjoyable race. Thank you to all the organisers that really worked hard behind the scenes to bring the best possible to all participants.”

7.3 Good race, good organisation.... Aidin McGrath · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Overall would have to say "well done!" In particular the police at one of the roundabouts were fantastic!! They turned the sirens of their vehicle on and cheered the runners, great boost to morale... Many thanks to them :-) Only downside was bus from hotel and back... Ours was over 20minutes late leaving the hotel which meant we had quite a rush to get to the start line. Also had to go find the driver to get back to hotel.”

10.0 Amazing event well organized said Salim · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.4 Exhilarating Ryden Aranjo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Organise better activity for those who accompany the runners to cheer them. They are left waiting for a couple of hours.”

8.9 Was generally good - people from all the world · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent race Ben Dyer · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Everything was very well organised and extremely quick course”

10.0 Excellently organised event Stephen Mills · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Great event Jason Hooper · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks for yet another awesome RAK Half. I can't fault it in any way. I wish the organisers would organise a full marathon (separate date to the existing half). We all want an alternative to the boring and expensive Dubai Marathon!”

10.0 Excellent! Stuart Quivey · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe
9.8 Good Event Marlin Coffman · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“As always, the best managed event in the UAE. This race is always well supported and goes off without a hitch. Overall, race was very good and I will be doing again. ”

9.8 RAK HALF MARATHON 2016 Organizer/sponsors, GOODJOB · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Commemorative back pack nextime is excellent”

6.8 Over all a good event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Its a good event, however the new stuff like calling BIB number & there was no room for walking & expressing our numbers ... If that bit was organised many people who were there & their numbers called could have been winners than calling alternative numbers ...”

7.3 Great marathon event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Well organized, medal & photos brilliant Parinjay Parinjay · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A great event! Karen Carpenter · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Superb, ran pb, excellent organisation, need photo Thomas Scholtz · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 A great event as always Martin Dewhurst · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent as usual Mark Barnes · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“One suggestion. When we finish the race we get a towel, banana, drink etc. etc. which is great - a small bag to put it all in would make carrying it a bit easier.”

7.7 Happy birthday! Gabrielle Denvir · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great to be a part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the RAK Half Marathon. Perfect weather conditions on Friday and if not the perfect time, really enjoyed the event. Have competed in a number of other Half Marathons in Australia over the years and the organisation of the RAK Half is right up there with my favourite Australian event. So well done to everyone on a great achievement of 10 years and may there be many more. Congratulations. Also, special shout out to the MC! More music pls.”

9.5 Great Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Beautiful sports day Corina Weber · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I found it amazingly organized. For such a huge event, all was smoothly running, waiting cues were quick, certificates were printed on the spot. Small little issues: last stations of water after km 14 didn't have any sweet beverages. Timings in and were wrong (but they apologized afterwards). Overall a great event and (almost) impeccable organized!”

9.8 Great event and course John Cargill · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First time participant, enjoyed the challenge and meeting so many runners.”

8.4 Great event. Disappointing event photography. Nick Freeman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Best in UAE Marta Wronska · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“We didn't participate in many organized events in UAE because usually they are poorly organized and overcrowded with people who cannot run and make artificial crowd for the first 5km Max. This event was so different! I was really impressed with the communications and how well prepared the event was. It was excellent for first timers as they explained exactly what to expect, how things work, where to go etc. The medals and giveaways were awesome! I loved the event!”

9.8 Awesome event Isabelle Jamkossian · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“One of the best races in the country! Thanks to all the organisers and marshals. ”

9.3 Well organised, timing sms's were wrong. James Edgeworth · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 AMAZING · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“This is my favourite race in the UAE - so well organised; beautiful course.”

8.6 Good job Andreas Markus · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The only thing We re waiting the bus at Hilton double tree at 0545 and we were informed that the bus didnt come and we went by walk Do u know what happened w the bus?”

8.9 Kudos to the management. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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8.6 A Great Event. Simon Elliott · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks to all the organisers, really well put together. One moan is the photos, I was sent around 5-6 photos and only 1 was of me ”

10.0 Great event · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized event.”

9.5 Really fun atmosphere. Elizabeth Millard · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Loved the raffle at the end!”

10.0 Great event, great location Ben Corby · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Great day Frank Kettner · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
10.0 Good Roberto Veluz · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organized keep it up i'm happy. ”

8.6 Good event but few possible improvements Omar Naji · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Three points. 1) I think organisers should ensure that participants know to wear the timing chips on their ankles. 2) More explanation should be given at the start as to which runners should be at the starting line at a particular time. Its a bit disorganised. 3) after the event, there were too many single men clearly unrelated to the event milling around starting at women and young females. It spoils the otherwise very enjoyable event. ”

9.3 Best birthday gift to my self! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I'm happy to celebrate my birthday in exact date of the event! a new life achievement in my side and new experience, I wish next year I can run healthy and in good condition no more injuries, so that I can train properly and prepared to next year event, and beat my personal record”

10.0 Overall good Sivarama Krishnan Arunachalam · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Chip Code Snehnath Neendoor · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Among all the positives, one small negative was the issue of the chip code. I lost my chip code from last year, and while I was happy to pay for a replacement, I found that the cost of a new replacement chip code was more than the cost of the chip code if bought as a newbie. I didn't think this was fair.”

9.5 Great time, good course and well organized! Sarah Owermohle · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Very well run event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.4 Perfect Event.. Highly recommended · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Since this is a long distance run, It is recommended to have support stations with energy snacks (e.g. Banana) at the halfway point. ”

9.8 Excellent event Sagara Gamage · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks Organizing team for an excellent event in all aspects. Enjoyed the run well. Looking forward next event.”

8.6 Nice Ravi Shankar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Did not get the marathon pictures on email!!!!”

8.6 Very good i comming agin · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I can Tell my Friends about this Event it's good”

8.4 Great event, very much look forward to the next Matt Milner · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thoroughly enjoyed the event, very well organized from start to finish, great communication throughout. I would certainly recommend this run. What is great is that it is still relatively small in numbers so it has that friendly, intimate atmosphere the larger half / full marathons have lost. It would be a though to include disabled athletes in this too!! Please give this some thought. ...When will the race photos be available??”

9.3 My first RAK half · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was looking forward to this as it is billed as fastest half marathon in the world. Although it wasn't a PB for me, it was close to it. Some interesting text messages with some fantastic times - due to technique glitch - from clip timing. Online service was more realistic of my achievement. Disappointed none of the photos actually had me in them. Thank you to the all the organisers and marshals on the day. ”

10.0 The road run event of the year Tamas Lorincz · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“There is no other road race I enjoy participating in more. Every aspect of the race and the ongoing enthusiasm of the organisers make this a very special event to look forward to every year. ”

10.0 Awesome a always! Cecile Strydom · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Awesome race. Well done to the organizers, helpers and supporters. Good to take part in an event with such a great diversity.”

9.8  A GREAT HALF MARATHON · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“WONDERFUL EVENT AND GREAT PLEASURE TO BE PART OF THIS EVENT....WAITING FOR NEXT YEAR ”

9.5 Excellent event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organised, professional and well marshalled - thank you”

10.0 Had a great time · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Excellent event from start to finish - exceeding expectations! Loved the pre and post race atmosphere and the support on the course was perfect. Thanks to all involved. Looking forward to 2017 !”

10.0 Excellent organization. Great course Iain Murphy · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic all round”

9.8 Great Event · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Amazing event, especially this year. Looking forward to next year event Thanks to the Organizers Vithal”

10.0 Thank you, RAK! Rita Soficaru · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I've managed my best time ever - 2h and 40 minutes! I'm really proud of myself! And this is also mostly due to the beauty of this race! I really hope to get an ever better time next year!”

9.8 Gets better each year · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Suggest better traffic marshaling for parking as many people lack the discipline/courtesy to queue for car parking”

10.0 Very organize · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Just add more areas where runners can rest afterwards :)”

9.1 N/A · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes
9.1 Great event Kwasi Frimpong · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Overall great help to help me improve my times. Will definitely participate again”

10.0 We enjoy it and like it · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“TKS for the service ”

6.8 Overall good experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Excellent, well organised race event. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic event. Excellent pre race communication and race pack distribution. Race was well marshalled, with clear distance markers and more than enough water stops. Big 10 post race added a bit off fun as well as some nice prizes for some lucky runners. Overall a great race experience....well done!!”

8.6 Memorable Sandra Bergman · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I love this race as I get the chance to improve my personal records. I also love the fact that there are catogories so young people such as my daughter get the chance to win something. In general the route was great however I would of liked it more if there was more music and cheering along the way to encourage me to go faster. ”

9.5 Loved it! New PB, great organization! Simon Noel · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.4 Felt good to participate · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Post event program - lucky 10 prizes should have been arranged in shaded area considering that most of us had finished a tiring event. ”

9.8 Excellent organisation - great event world leader Bob Sehmi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Key areas for improvement - for buses should have a separate lane into car park, long queues for bag drop and pick up, certificate pick up another queue. Photos sent didn't have any picture that was clear and usable - perhaps two -photographers at finish line. Well done as a whole.”

9.5 Fantastic organisation · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Great event as usual, with fantastic organisation by all and great giveaways. Only small issue - once you crossed the finish line, and got your medal, water, etc. you couldn't get back into that small area to get water again. Massive thank you to the volunteers and to everyone involved in making this one of the best races to attend in the UAE.”

9.3 Amazing course and very well organized event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I would definitely join again to been my record. However, I was not able to view or either received a link where i can view/download my photos. ”

10.0 Thank you! :) · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you RAK Marathon for making my 1st Half Marathon such a fun experience! Everything was very well organized and it was a very challenging yet an enjoyable experience. :) The photos could be improved a bit (I received 10 but I was in the photo only once). Overall, it was a success and something I will not forget! Thank you again! .. and see you next year! :)”

9.5 Great event! Alison White · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great event, lots of organization and good communication. My only complaint was the bus did not pick up the people from the Double Tree Hilton. I don't know what happened. We walked which was not far at all but if we had been further it would have been very stressful. ”

9.8 Another fantastic RAK Half Marathon Andrew Palmer · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event. Third year of running this and I will be back. Its a great race.”

8.6 Very good organisation and good service · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Greta event Olga Matyushina · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Will definitely participate again”

9.3 A well organised event · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for yet another well organised, excellent event. There may have been a few glitches as some people pointed out, but when organising an event of this magnitude there are bound to be a few here and there. One just hopes it isn't a major one when it does happen. Some of those lucky guys (some more than the other among the 10) winning prizes worth more than the winner gets in most of the other races here in the region, & that for just showing up & completing it. Fabulous. Keep it up guys. ”

9.5 Fantastic experience, I will be back next year Jeevaka Mendis · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“If I may make one suggestion which could have been better is that there were 2 things given at the end of the race that could have been included in the race pack. They were the timing packs given at the end which inconvenienced the runners who were alreay carrying a bot of water, banana, towel and a Snickers may be. Those items could have been included in the race pack easily. However, the timing and the stickers to be pasted on the medal was a brilliant idea. Well done for a super race day.”

9.5 Great race Abdellatif Qamhaieh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“The race itself was great and very competitive... great organization overall as expected. two problems: 1- Baggage drop slow 2-This is a big one for me as it cost me the race: we took the Abu Dhabi bus, leaving at 2:30. Driver was clueless , drove at around 75km/hour! Bus arrived RAK at 6:10am, but got stuck at parking entrance traffic for 22mins. OFFICIAL BUS SHOULD HAVE A SEPARATE ENTRY POINT TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING!!!! Disaster! no time to use the bathroom - enough said !!!! ”

9.1 Well organized. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Another wonderful RAK run · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Thanks for another wonderful race this year. The volunteers were smiling and encouraging. Thank you especially for adding time clocks along the route - nice for those of us who don't like running with a watch. RAK sets the standard for race organization that the other races aspire to. Simply the best! ”

10.0 Best run event of the year! David Stewart · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Great experience - great organization · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Pros - Smooth overall experience, simple to follow instructions, great communication via emails, everything marked appropriately, amazing aid stations support, race village Cons - Longer distance for no reason (24,250m), incorrect timing (my official time is not a gross time, but net), no email with photos even though system is saying email was sent. ”

8.0 Good well organised race. Stuart Prosser · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
10.0 Flawlessly organized, nice track Peter Hidvegi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Awesome Event Neil Goulsbra · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Really good event. Well organised, fast course. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done guys”

8.4 Loved it · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I loved running the RAK half Marathon 2nd time. Everything was perfect.”

9.8 A great event - thank you David Armstrong · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Excellent race Tony Galietti · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Very well organized. Race track a bit boring. Kamel Errais · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 Great Race · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“The event was very well organised. Bathrooms was always clean. The queue at the baggage drop was very long! The support stations were friendly and well stocked with water. It was a great event! The entry fee is high compared to similar races in other countries.”

10.0 Great event, especially seeing the top runners!!! Derek Griggs · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 If you're after a PB, then the RAK Half is for you Brad Hales · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Phenominal organisation and race communication. No excuses in this event to not know what's going on. Let's get the race ratings to a 10 shall we for their 10th anniversary.”

8.2 Enjoyed it · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thanks see you next year”

10.0 Excellent event. Thanks to all involved Paul Ralph · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
9.5 Great Event Diederik Sieburgh · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first half marathon and it was extremely well organized and a really fun time. Thanks!”

9.8 Awesome! Seih Reyes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First timer! Awesome experience with you guys! I made it with great time for first half marathoner! ”

8.6 Pulled it off again! Richard James · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Buzz in the Athlete's Village seemed even better than previous years - perhaps it was the anniversary! Gave the baggage drop a miss because of the queue, but with all the parking close by it was easy just to stick it the car. Post event giveaways were a nice touch and I'm not just saying that because I won a spot prize! I see that some 'celebrity' organizers had been drafted in from Abu Dhabi and Madrid! Clearly paid off and many thanks to everyone who made this a great day out.”

9.5 Perfectly organized race Jan Tytgat · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Again a perfectly organized race. Many thanks to all the volunteers and especially the RAK hospital team that took well care of me and my painful legs after the race. ”

8.4 Great event and Well done!!! Charles Holmes · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“First Half Marathon and loved it!Loved the email update service and photos. You should be proud of the event. Will definitely be back!”

10.0 Great event Michelle Boyd · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“So well organised, always a pleasure to participate in this one. A couple of suggestions - where were those nice folks with the magic spray after the event? A massage service would be popular too. And those companies with energy bars and gels would have made a killing in the race village before the start... But these things are just icing on the cake! ”

10.0 Amazing event David Jarvis · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Superbly organised, so many neat touches Simon Putt · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Brilliantly organized, and so much attention to detail to make it a special event for the runners. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

9.5 Well organized, great route, frequent updates. Carmencita Pe · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Sweets, chocos or dates at the water stations to energize the struggling runners like myself halfway through the race.”

10.0 Another great event Nathan Forde · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
8.6 Great event overall · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really great event - well organized. Wish there were a few more pics form the race!”

10.0 Great Event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised, fast course, very enjoyable experience!”

9.8 A superbly organised event, well done David Singleton · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.0 Very nice run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice run and route, problems with race timing let the event down.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Yes, we inadvertently sent you an SMS with the time of you crossing the 7K point as your 10K time, this was however corrected and an amended SMS sent. (sorry for the technical glitch) This did not appear on or affect your published results or finish times however so whilst we understand it may have caused a small confusion for those checking phones, we hope you don't really feel it let the event as a whole down. We hope to see you next year!”

10.0 Super nice race! Anne-Mari Hyrylainen · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Not only the fastest half marathon in the world also the best half marathon of all in the world!!! ”

9.5 Good day out Paul O'Shea · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Fantastic event - definitely the 2nd best Half Marathon in the UAE! Thanks”

8.6 Well organised event. Really enjoyed the race. I w Mohandas Pothukattil · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Photo download option was not clear and I am little disappointed with the same. I could not down load my photos yet.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Not sure what you found unclear, the link was a personal one; here is yours again with 7 photos of you for free. https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-2320-e2e148 If satisfied you do still have the option to adjust your rated level of satisfaction. We're glad you enjoyed the race!”

7.5 Great experience-I did not receive photo link · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Well organised event Sandeep Poduval · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“The only grouse was with the bus service post the race..Our driver for the bus back to Dubai was a) very slow and b) didn't know how to get back to Irish Village..he went around twice, couldn't take a U-turn and finally dropped us across the street a good 500m away..we had to walk across, climbthe steps of the overhead crossing and get over after running a gruelling 21k..not the most ideal..this was the 2nd bus the 11.30am departure..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We appreciate your feedback and agree this was neither ideal nor planned. We have heard you and will address the issue to insure it is not repeated. We apologise for the less than ideal experience but we're delighted you enjoyed the event!”

10.0 Well organised and run event! Thank you! Danielle Hammond · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The event was really well organised, well signed, the emails before hand were very informative and the Facebook page was great at keeping me up to date with everything. The water stations were great and everything went smoothly through the race. My first half marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it!! ”

10.0 RAK Half Marathon 2016 Avraam Papastathopoulos · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.1 Done 49, this is probably best organised! Janne Hyrylainen · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Excellent race, thanks again for supporting local running community.”

9.5 Great experience Martin Mueller · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Eager to run for RAK half marathon 2017 Maria Cristina Dalisay · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Everything is perfect-shower, after run recovery food, towels, medals, free photo download & more. Thanks to everyone RAK Half Marathon organizers and sponsors. See you very soon next year!”

9.5 Great Route Amica Rodrigues · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“My first half marathon and a great run indeed. A lot of information was provided prior to the race. The race itself had a scenic route through RAK. Every thing was very well organized from the race village to collection of certificates. ”

10.0 The Best Run Ever Ali Rushdi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.4 Well directed event, worth the registration Joseph York · Participation 2 times I would take part again Maybe

“Despite some issues with the event Facebook coordinator the event remains a regional best. The course isn't fantastic and gets slightly boring for those of us that aren't out to win money. But it is a good chance to PR and the event itself is well conceived and directed. I still find the event communication, while abundant and clear, slightly condescending but maybe that's just me. Overall it is a great event to participate in. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We're sorry to hear you had a less than perfect experience on our Facebook page; please do send us a message either on Facebook or mail to registration at rakmarathon.org detailing your experience and we will investigate accordingly. Thanks for your feedback!”

9.5 Very well organised and enjoyable event Lorna Newman · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Excellent Race Overall!! Audrey Hallenbeck · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was an excellent race! WOW! Everything was spot on and it was an easy process for anyone. Great communication, bathrooms, support stations, giveaways, coverage...everything was top notch!! Thank you! We will definitely do this again. There was a little glitch in the timing but that was all squared away quickly. ”

9.3 The benchmark for half marathon organisation Michael Godfrey · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The only 'disappointment' was the big 10. In the end it was the big 5 . . . . . I like most others assumed there were 10 cash prizes. Imagine a lucky winner's surprise when they found out they had won the equivalent in medical check-up or entrance fees to more races. It would have been better to make this clearer up front. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“It's unfortunate you assumed the prizes were all cash as there was never any indication of that from the event; the activity was advertised as '...select one of THE BIG TEN envelopes, each containing a different prize worth 10,000AED EACH'. (Please check the English/Arabic flyer in your race pack). We're sorry if you misunderstood this and felt disappointed but we hope you agree that awarding more than 100,000dhs in spot prizes for mere participation is a positive thing and not disappointing.”

10.0 Superbly organised event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 A beautiful half marathon to boost your speed! Maria Fernanda Poveda Franco · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“RAK did it again! Perfect organization in all aspects. Thoroughly enjoyable route with enough support stations to fully concentrate on your run. Rough start as usual due to the crowd and perhaps there could be a line up for runners based on their expected finish time. This would really help! The end of the race is inspiring with your name and nationality being announced. Proud to be the only Ecuadorean there this time around! for some reason only have one photo but the happy feeling is there!”

9.3 Excellent race and well organized Joe Battikh · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.1 Superbly organised event from start to finish · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Communication, race pack delivery, seeded start, directions, marshals, water stations on course and at finish line all top class, personalised medals a lovely touch. New route is a lot better than what it used to be, a faultless event that I’ll be definitely back to do again...well done Nathan and to all your team...only suggestion would be to have some music at start and at water stations, it would add to the day”

9.8 Worlds Best Half Marathon Rohit Kumar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very Well organised. I have participated in many events in this region and have not witnessed anything as well organised as this one. Right from the pre event communication to the medals and race day execution this was simply brilliant.”

9.1 Brilliant and well organised event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Very well organized event. Lee Thompson · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The attention to detail in the organization is tremendous! ”

8.4 Not bad but quite dull course. Joel Murray · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Overall, I enjoyed it. Problem for me was the transport: leaving Dubai garden centre at 4.00am was hard and it took forever to get to RAK because the bus went to The Irish Village and then stopped for petrol on the way. Arriving for the race at 6.30 meant everything was rushed. Coming back I got the 11:30 bus and again it stopped for petrol just after leaving RAK (why). Upon arrival in Dubai the driver did not know how to get to IV so drove in circles for ages. Maybe one bus for IV and 1 for DGC”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We're sorry to hear of the transportation concerns you've raised. We will be addressing this with our transport provider and we promise to work and resolve all these issues for future editions. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you'll register for the next event and find our new course more interesting.”

9.5 Excellent event Nadeem Zaman · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“The social media support this year was excellent”

9.8 Just fantastic Louis Zsivolecz · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.3 Amazing!!! Sreenivasan Iyer · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“My 5th year in this event. Appreciate the event organizers for a well organized race. Thanks to all support staff at every level. The big ten is a hit and hope you come up with these prizes in the coming years too.. Thanks to people in ras al khaimah and all volunteers who have made this year run also a fabulous one.. Request : Can we have personalized medal and awaiting the finish line photos through the link...waiting..”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Your personal photos link was sent by email: https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-1076-9a7f8f Your medal can be personalized with your finish time, whilst some overseas races have a commercial party offering engraving services at races we have never had any request for such a service and are not aware of any available such service in the UAE. Thanks for your feedback.”

10.0 Amazing!!! · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great race indeed!”

8.9 Awesome Michelle Mejia · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It has been an amazing experience. The updates in photos and videos is a bit late. ”

9.8 Lovely event! Mark Barker · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“This is my 10th RAK Marathon and it just gets better. This is the first year I opted for a "preferred start" though I have been eligible on previous years, so the only thing I did not like was mass start runners creeping through the barriers to get forward, otherwise I was very happy”

9.1 Really enjoyed it. Brilliantly organized! Faizan Jamal · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Loved the atmosphere, the energy and the immaculate organization. Wonderful! Just one request: can you please move the start time to 6:30 AM next year? It will make those last 5k's a bit faster in significantly cooler weather. Yes? PS: The BIG TEN is a huge hit. Please make it a permanent feature :)”

10.0 Great run in the cool breeze of RAK · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Friendly race Ali Humaidan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Just wonderful ”

10.0 Had fun today Josef Figa · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organized, great weather and course”

9.5 Well organized and lots of fun. Jessica March · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.8 Best Running Event in UAE · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“10 years has gone, was excellent, the next 10 need to sustain...sure you can do it, u have my support. Teddy ”

9.8 Great morning with lovely friendly people Sue Hunter · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Smooth organisation. Road blocking for the race and clearing of streets after race was carried out exceptionally well. Great gift pack. Only problem encountered was one tee-shirt wrong size. On my profile for team it mentions medium for team member, but unfortunately on your site it is XL. If some how you could rectify that please. Name is Jenny Watson. Thank you and thank you for such a wonderful event. See you next year. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“The registration for Jenny Watson was made by Sue Hunter and the question for shirt size for Jenny was submitted as 'XL', (despite your Address Book entry data being recorded as 'M') shirt sizes are packed for this event according to registration request and not profile/Address Book records. We're pleased to be sending you a ladies M shirt by courier as a souvenir. Thanks for your feedback; we're glad you enjoyed the event!”

9.3 A good race. Will definitely join again next year. Glenn Alfred Agan · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Fantastic event Mhd Hasan Al Jijakli · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Lovely event very very very well organized Couldn't ask for more everything perfect Services 5 star Thx you Cheers ”

9.8 Outstanding and well organised event! · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“As expected, the race was superbly organised. The showers were a bonus...thank you! Support at the drinks stations were great. Thanks Nathan and your team...first class event. Well done! See you in 2017!!”

9.1 Great event Caroline Labouchere · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The cherry on top of this great cake would be jelly beans on the course. ”

9.3 An excellent day to try for a PB David Labouchere · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Good effort as usual. The Big Ten needs more thought. Or whatever you do next year.”

9.5 A fantastic event as always! Rachael Bruford · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Had a great time at the RAK half. The whole event is so well organised; parking is nearby, there's plenty of toilets, and results and photographs are delivered incredibly quickly.At the finish it's easy to get water and some sustenance. What more do you need? Loved the way you could personalise the medal this year. Thank you so much to the organisers and all those who helped to support the event...it's well worth the early morning drive and I look forward to doing it all again next year.”

10.0 An excellent race, as always :) Russell Short · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 Amazing event · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“I suggest to have more photos In start and running and finished race with clear person resolutions. Also I want from organization of RHM to give something for whom had attend many years running with them. It will be nicely from them if we invited on live TV camera before race and telling the world why we run? And the free gift from al futtaim it's was great also. In the end I would to encourage management to give every year random draw number for participate runner not just 10th”

9.5 Good race Nigel Stoker · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Well organised, love the humour "only 21 kms left", nice bag/giveways and great medals. Shame they couldn't turn it into my fastest half marathon, but guess I need to work on that! How come no Super Vets category? ”

9.8 Very good race · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 Almost perfect but you can improve the break areas Gianpaolo Poletti · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for everything guys. ”

10.0 One of THE BEST however.... Loy Machedo · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Without a doubt - One of the BEST Events to date. Only suggestion - during the prize distribution, a person fainted nearby. There was a VIP Doctor sitting in the Grand Stand who represented RAK Hospital. What shocked me was - he didn't even bother to budge from his comfortable seat. He just watched with indifference while plain clothes volunteers ran to help that man. Speaks a lot about this key sponsor & this man. Please do not have such heartless people sponsor your event.”

Comment from Premier Online - 13.02.2016
“Whilst we appreciate your support of the event we find your comments about a situation you witnessed but of which you knew little about to be very judgmental, incorrect and quite insulting. The lady that ran to assist (as announced) was the Director of Nursing at RAK Hospital who was with the casualty in less than 30 seconds. The Chief Surgeon/CEO to whom you refer had (and always has) an excellent team and teamwork is about the right people doing the right job. The situation that unfolded was a perfect example of the excellent support RAK Hospital afford each runner. The gentleman who required assistance was looked after until completely recovered from a self-inflicted episode having run a half marathon and not having eaten or drunk anything since finishing and hence suffered the effects. Your insinuation that our medical team are indifferent is quite shocking to us and is a shameful statement to make on a public forum. The Race Director was on stage and witnessed the entire episode first hand and has today visited RAK Hospital to both extend the event's appreciation of their continued support and to apologize on behalf of your statement. We hope you base any future comments on actual knowledge and consider with more care the effects that casual commentary may have.”

10.0 It was an awesome experience Roel Lawas · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I've love to participate on this event every year. Good job to all the organiser, Marshall and to all the volunteers Thumbs up to all of guys”

9.8 A great day on the run Brian Rouse · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“One of the best organised events I have participated in. Pre race day information absolutely outstanding. Officials really friendly. All being well I will be back in 2017. Thank you for all the organisation and assistance. ”

9.3 A great bevent, thank you Glyn Kilsby · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 12.02.2016

“A well organised event - high quality and good fun. However, the 11:00 prizes were not something to repeat in that format. Credit to Saqr Port for their generous cash prizes, but it would have been better to have 10 prizes of AED 5000 or even 5 of AED 10,000 and leave it at that. I felt sorry for the runner who won a free medical at RAK Hospital and (sorry guys) 10,000 of Premier Online credit will only please a dedicated few. Nonetheless, overall, excellent.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Thanks for your feedback and support which is always appreciated. We know we can always do things better and will endeavor to improve our offerings year on year. The Executive Health Check prize package (worth 10,000dhs) was a generous offering by an event partner and we don't feel any winner should be pitied. Our goal was to generously offer prizes, not to reward people with cash, necessarily. Support of such initiatives hopefully encourage future sponsors, as opposed to the alternative.”

10.0 EXCELLENT Ankur Sharma · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“EXCELLENT”

9.3 Superb event, truly the best half globally! Simon Bowden · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“A truly great event marred by the prize giving. It would have been better to give 10 prizes of AED 5k each than the few booby prizes that spoilt the end. AED 10k worth of online checkin...really? AED 10k worth of Hertz to a guy who was a labourer...really? A hospital MOT to a poor labourer who could have really used the cash. It made a great event look cheap, and was not necessary. Look at the profile of a great number of the entrants....cash would have made their year. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We are appreciative of your support and feedback but honestly disappointed (and surprised) you feel giving 100,000dhs of prizes 'cheapens' the event. The Executive Health Check prize package (worth 10,000dhs) generously donated by RAK Hospital was won by a business executive not a 'labourer' (we honestly find that quite a condescending comment). Prizes are not donated/received based upon profiles; they are generously provided through the spirit of the event which we find a little lacking in your summation.”

10.0 Great event. Make the logo larger on the t-shirt Wayne Jones · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done and well organized. Have more port a johns at the start. Make the logo bigger on the shirt and put it on the back. I want people back in the USA to know that I ran such a great race and it is hard to see on the shirt. Volunteers were awesome and the water was cold--overall a 10 across the board...”

9.5 The fastest half, yet friendly · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thumbs up to the organization, the free download of pictures right after the event!”

10.0 Great event.. Elen Elegado · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
9.8 Great organization and value for money · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“The only comment I would have is to re arrange queuing for baggage and certificates. It went through the entire village at stages and made it complicated to find the end or walk past. I did not see the signage for competitive start and there were a few people in the mass start meant to be in competitive start, but were not sure where to go, but that did not affect me. Communication, showers, bathrooms, drinks and supplies were fantastic! Hope to be back next year! ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Yes, as the event has grown so we need to revisit the baggage and certificates arrangement, that will certainly be done for next edition. We appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed the event.”

10.0 Great!!! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.1 Another great event, (but with a few glitches) · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Let's keep this fully in perspective - another really great event, but I had to rate the following down: - Access (clear passage) to the Competitive start was nowhere near as smooth or easy as in previous years - Split timing as originally published was clearly WAY off - What was that event giveaway all about!? LOL As for the "10 for 10" .. hmm. I guess no one had to stay for it! All of that said, the huge positives totally outweigh the glitches, and I look forward to next years race”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Unfortunately due to space constraints imposed by our venue owner this year and increased participants the Comp/Pref start chute was not as accessible, we have noted this and will rectify this for future editions. There was a 'glitch' where the 7K time was initially published as the 10K time; this was corrected and an amended SMS sent to those affected. Many people chose to stay for THE BIG TEN giveaway where we gave away 110,000dhs of prizes immediately after the last runner finished (as advertised), many chose not to and some of those missed out! We appreciate your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed the 2016 edition and look forward to seeing you in 2017!”

9.5 Great event, thank you. Lesley Gould · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event and fantastic marketing and support. Loved the bag and medal with timing stickers. ”

9.3 Great event Suraj Sundaresan · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event. I wish there were more toilets....”

10.0 Awesome!!! Florielyn Flores · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“The best running event ever!!!”

10.0 Great event Rebecca Kelly · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Excellent organization and km markers!!”

10.0 Great half marathon event Hanady Al Hashmi · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well organised ”

9.8 Full Mark, excellant Essam Adam · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.9 Great event just dispointed didnt get photos Shaun Little · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Thank you for a good event, just disappointed I did not get my race photos even though they said they sent them and now cant seem to find an e-mail address or phone number to find out about them. Kind Regards Shaun”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Here you go: https://www.premieronline.com/photo/p/5-2524-34d4bd :)”

9.3 Excellent organization Pacome Sordoillet · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Ranking should be on net time”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“It would be uncommon for ranking in such a race to be based on net time. For a full explanation of the difference between net and gross time please see this link: http://www.premiertiming.com/res/grossnet.php ”

8.9 Great event as always, worth the early morning jou James Lynch · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes
8.9 A good local event but not international level Adriana Maria Amir · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes
Edited on 22.02.2016

“ Participating of all its edition I can tell that not too many things changed from its first edition. It might be a good experience for the elite runners but for me ,a simple runner it's not. The course is boring, poor entertainment ,no fun and free popcorn or water for our kids waiting their parents. Today was no Gatorade at most of the stations and list can go on .More disappointed that some of the staff is Hungarian and still this event is 0 comparing to what they have in Budapest.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“The short answer to this is to query why you keep registering? We are obviously going to challenge your negative perception and have to disagree that nothing has changed in the past 10 years as we know exactly what gets changed every year. Keeping in mind this event is a road race, providing entertainment and free popcorn is not our priority or goal. We do provide food vendors and free bouncy castles, sorry if this is insufficient for you. Gatorade was at each of the 5, 10 and 15K points as well as the finish. The same as every year. Our event team are made of many nationalities; Turkish, Lebanese, French, Russian, British, Australian, New Zealand, German, Dutch, Jordanian, Swiss, Syrian, American, Filipino, Moroccan and yes Hungarian although we remain puzzle as to why you would single one out to compare to unnamed events in a city in their country of origin... We will choose to differ with your assertion the event is not of an international level, the popular opinion, statistics and provided feedback appear to concur with our own perception. We do however appreciate all feedback, no matter how puzzling we may find it.”

9.8 Wonderful! · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“I love this event. Though please review a couple of things which were poor this year. Your RAK Bus #4 from Waldorf Astoria, arrived at 5:25 but didn't leave until 5:51 (your communications said it would depart 5:30). We didn't arrive before 6am as I hoped. It was more like 6:30am which made things more frantic than I wanted. I'll rely on taxis next year, unless this is addressed. And the bag drop, and bag pickup took far too long. Especially pickup. But thanks .. it was great overall.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We are truly sorry to hear your experience was less than perfect and we will be addressing the bus issue with the transport provider and taking steps to insure no possible repeat. Unsure as to what the root cause of the bag pick up delay was but we are busy investigating and likewise will make the required changes to avoid a repeat. Thank you for providing this feedback, it is valuable to us.”

10.0 The best event in the Region Desert Road Runners Organizer Account · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Any one who does not give this event full marks needs to think again. No event in the world puts the runner first like this event does. Well done to Nathan and his team. ”

9.3 Well organized race. RoJouan Coles · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Cudos to the race director, organizer and all the volunteers! Thank you! Thank you for the well kept restrooms, the personal size bottle water. This germaphobe appreciates this. Thank you for the post race fuel, for the medal, the FREE race pics! and all of the swag I didn't expect. Thanks 4 the well organize & speedy process in the baggage claim area and the fast moving lines when picking up finishers certificates. I'm very pleased with this race and can't say enough wonderful things about it.”

10.0 A must do ! Stuart Bain · Participation 5 times I would take part again Yes

“Great event, good feel all round !”

8.2 A well organised event!! Tina Schultz · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“I first ran this event in 2013 and I am glad I made the trip back!! Great event, well organised. The support and encouragement at the water stations was great. The marketing and event information was informative and great quality. The km markers however would be better if they were the width of road. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“We do appreciate your comments but note that as race vehicles cannot pass under the arches, sufficient room needs to be left for them to pass around. We are glad you enjoyed the event!”

9.1 Great Experience. Kudos to the Organisers. Rizna Samat · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Overall a great experience. Enjoyed the scenic course. Suggest water stations should have more sports drinks available. I was able to get some only at the 10km mark.”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Sports drinks are always available, as published, at the 5, 10 and 15K points as well as at the finish line. This is generally considered sufficient for a half marathon distance as water is available every 2.5K”

8.9 Race Timings Danny Rapallo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I was text split times during the race which did not make sense at all and were incorrect. Also I had doubts about my final time as it didn't match my personal stopwatch which I started and stopped as I went under the start and finish arches. Other than that I found it to be a very well organised and enjoyable event!”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“There was a small glitch when the 7K time was sent by SMS as the 10K time - this was rectified and an amended SMS sent straight out. All other race timings were correct. Your stopwatch is not likely to match your finish time as your watch will record net time and the official results are based on gross time. Please see this link for more info on this: http://www.premiertiming.com/res/grossnet.php”

10.0 The best race I've ever participated Madell Roces · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
Edited on 14.02.2016

“This is the best race I have ever participated. Sufficient parking space, well placed wash room, baggage, S/F line and everything is well executed. Near real time update of the chip timings, streaming allows my family watch me, photos are great, the course is great. Would definitely participate next year. ”

9.5 A well organized, fast half! John Burt · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Fourth time doing the RAK half; as always, it was well organized, with a good turnout. Would prefer an option to opt-out of the numerous text messages while running or just have the final time sent (since I don't carry my phone and you can see where you are on the route anyway), but that's a minor quibble.”

8.2 Impressed with the arrangements Prathap Nair · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Event managed well, really enjoyed”

10.0 Well organised event as usual David Morrison · Participation 3 times I would take part again Yes

“Enjoyed the race, well setup and organised.”

10.0 Great race!! Camilla Nielsen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.4 Great Environment Mohammed Sherif Jallad · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Just perfect from beginning to end! Mariana Olmeda · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Arrived by car, perfect parking place very close to the start/finish line, signs all over for everything, gentle staff (lots of people working), excellent water station organization, signs on course every km, food/beverages provided at finish line along with towel & medal. Got back to my car and when I picked up my mobile I had several sms with partial and final run time; shortly after an email with a link to pictures of me to download for free... WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR? Just PERFECT. Thanks!”

10.0 Excellent RAK 21.1K · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes
10.0 Excellent organisation great event as always Kelly Wood · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“This is one of my favourite races Organisation always excellent from start to finish ”

8.0 Well managed Durga Mohapatra · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised”

9.3 Great experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Amazing event Olga Kovalchuk · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.5 Amazing event as always Moumen Rezaei · Participation 4 times I would take part again Yes

“It was an amazing event as always...the only constructive criticism would be the baggage drop, where for an event this popular, with thousands of people, it would be good if they add anotherbooth as well, so the long li e would cut in half. Always a pleasure doing the RAK half marathon, and thanks for another great edition this year. ”

Comment from the Event Organizer - 13.02.2016
“Indeed, as the event has grown so we need now to increase the facility for baggage and this will be done for the next edition; we appreciate your feedback!”

10.0 Great experience · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

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